January 24th, 2014

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Bryan Sullivan and Business Forward Host Luncheon with Andrew Byrnes, Chief of Staff, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Bryan Sullivan, in conjunction with Business Forward held a White House Business Council luncheon to discuss key intellectual property (IP) policy priorities of the Obama Administration’s second term innovation agenda. Andrew Byrnes, Chief of Staff, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, outlined how reforms to our nation’s IP system can help fuel 21st century breakthroughs and move new technologies to the market place faster, and accelerate economic growth across sectors.

Andrew Byrnes is the Chief of Staff for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Serving as the Under Secretary’s principal advisor, the Chief of Staff helps to oversee the budget, operations and public engagement functions of the agency in addition to the day-to-day management of the policy coordination process with the White House, Department of Commerce and other agencies.

About Business Forward

With the help of more than 50 of the world’s most respected companies, Business Forward is making it easier for tens of thousands of business leaders from across America to advise Washington on how to create jobs and accelerate our economic recovery. Together, we have organized hundreds of local briefings with more than 400 senior Administration officials, Members of Congress, mayors and governors. In 2012, we also brought more than 2,000 business leaders to the White House to brief the President’s economic advisors. Business leaders who have participated in our briefings have seen their suggestions implemented in the Affordable Care Act, the Jobs Act, three trade agreements and every one of the President’s budgets. Many have also shared their recommendations with their representatives in Congress and through op-eds and interviews with local media. Ninety-eight out of 100 business leaders who have participated in a Business Forward briefing would be interested in participating in another one.

RSVPs Included:

  • Jane Albrecht, Founder, Global Entertainment Network
  • Karen Bass, US House of Representatives
  • Brian Berliner, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Mark Bloomberg, Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca
  • Savalas Colbert, Owner, PonyEngine
  • Sarah Dusseault, Policy Advisor to Bobby Shriver, Shriver campaign
  • Michael Gilmore, Finance, Gilmore Strategies
  • Stephen Graham, Principal, CEO Advisor
  • Karen Huoth, Litigation & Patent Counsel, Hulu
  • Andrew Lachman, President, Sunset Capital Ventures LLC
  • Molly Lavik, Founder, Mentor InSight
  • Nancy McCullough, Principal & Managing Attorney, Law Offices of Nancy L. McCullough
  • Jonathan Melber, Content Acquisition Business Affairs, Hulu
  • Robert Muller, Partner, Cypress, LLP
  • Douglas Olin, CEO, Olin Associates
  • Yolanda “Cookie” Parker
  • Emanuel Pleitez, Commissioner, L.A. Fire and Police Pensions
  • Lance Pritikin, Patent Attorney, Law Offices of Lance M. Pritikin
  • Lorelei Ritchie, Judge, USPTO
  • Shirin Laor-Raz Salemnia, Founder and CEO, PlayWerks, Inc.
  • Tony Scuddellari, Vice President, TV Music Creative, Sony Pictures Television
  • Andy Senasac, Senior Paralegal, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca
  • Julie Spira, CEO, Social Media and More
  • Stephen Strauss, Partner, Fulwider Patton LLP
  • Gregory Wendt, Senior Wealth Advisor, StakeHolders Capital
  • Jason Zedeck, Attorney, Law Office of Jason Zedeck
  • Tom Zuber, Founder/ Managing Partner, Zuber Lawler & Del Duca